Armenian alternative broadband operator UCOM, which completed the merger and reorganisation of its recently acquired Orange Armenia unit in January this year, has announced plans to launch a 4G LTE network on the back of a multi-million dollar investment programme, the country’s economy minister Artsvik Minasyan informed the Cabinet last Thursday. According to the minister, the network modernisation plans will allow UCOM to deliver peak download speeds of up to 375Mbps as well as adding VoLTE services to provide high-quality calls. The altnet is looking to spend around AMD131.7 billion (USD270 million) in the three-year period 2016-2018, of which AMD38.3 billion will be spent in 2016, AMD44.1 billion in the second year of the programme and AMD49.3 billion in the third. UCOM hopes that around 340 new jobs will be created under the scheme.
In an unrelated development, Armenia’s former monopoly ArmenTel (Beeline) has revealed plans to modernise its fixed line network in the province of Lori by mid-May 2016. In a press release the telco confirmed that outdated switches will be upgraded in the province to provide residential and business users with high-quality voice telephony and internet services.